People may moan about bands pretty much sounding like Joy Division and Interpol, but they do it for a reason – because both of them are pretty fucking awesome. But there’s always comparisons to be made with any band who sound a little bit downbeat and industrial with those two – it’s just a pity that Ian Curtis, Paul Banks and co. have made it their own with such critically admired work. with other genres, bands generally get away with it without much hassle – nobody really abuses Good Shoes for inhabiting a similar part of the sonic spectrum as The Maccabees first album, but that’s just how things work.
Fiction should make it big. But if they do, you should expect all the tired comparisons to come out. They don’t sound much like Unknown Pleasures, but the fact that their music have an overwhelmingly sinster air means that it’s unavoiable. It actual fact, it’s brilliant, and their live show sounds even better. They’re playing Dummy mag’s party on Friday and I was asked to speak to them about it. It’s up on the dummy website, so head over there to enjoy me moaning about living in the UK’s second city:
Fiction – Dummy Mag (link)